As for why she died, we still don't know. The preliminary pathology report said that she was healthy in every way except for a great deal of fluid and blood in her lungs from pulmonary embolism. We are waiting on the histology report to explain WHY and HOW she had pulmonary emboli. All I can do is speculate at this point and the most likely speculations are that she died from a snake bite or a rare thing that sometimes happens to super fit, athletic dogs that (for unknown reasons) have a sudden drop in blood sodium levels. I don't entirely understand that one, but it occasionally happens in hunting and sled dogs after exertion. Kaia had just been racing after chipmunks with her best friend, Ian, ran into the pond to cool off, which she did all the time, and died.
When I have better answers, I will let you know. The vet's office is now telling me it may be 3-4 weeks before I get the histology back to answer those questions. Since I have spent the past 20 years working in a histology lab and I know damn well it does not take 3-4 weeks, this is just adding to me stress.
That is all I can manage about Kaia right now so let's move on before I have to just give up completely.
I lost my new job because of the COVID mess. I could easily get another histology job, but it would mean selling my farm and moving, which I do not want to do. I am also really burned out on Histology and our broken healthcare system so I want to try something different so I am trying to set up an online shop to sell some of my artwork. Etsy is an option, but their fees are very high and many artists say they no longer have good results with it. I am trying to set up a page on my blog and am floundering around trying to figure that out. You may see some odd posts pop up as a result.
I did have a plan in mind and then Kaia.......this is why I loathe the word "plan".
I have set up a facebook page, which you can find here if you are so inclined: https://www.facebook.com/The-Dancing-Donkey-104011334727955
Just liking and sharing the page could be a big help to me. I am also on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/thedancingdonkey/.
I trying to set something up on the blog though, because I want all of you to have first dibs on anything I make. You guys have all become part of the Dancing Donkey family and who else do you hit up to buy your stuff when the shit hits the fan?
I floundered my way through this post. I hope it is comprehensible and I hope you understand that all this comes from the heart....a broken that I am trying to hold together the only way an old farm woman knows how - with duct tape, baling twine, grit, work and forcing myself forward because the animals still need to be fed, the fields still need to be mowed, the hay still needs to be stacked. The sun still comes up every day.